Genre: Mysteries

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

Bite-Sized Reviews of Cybils Nominees: A Wish in the Dark, Ghost Squad, Scritch Scratch, & Midnight at the Barclay Hotel

As my regular readers know, I’m a round one judge for the Cybils Awards in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category. Because of that, I’ve been reading LOTS of books lately! I’m not allowed to share any details about our process for choosing the finalists, but I am allowed (and encouraged) to review the books as I read, so I figured I’d share four of them with you today. I hope these bite-sized reviews will […]

Posted October 17, 2020 in Cybils, Reviews / 13 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Song for a Whale, A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean, The Color of Lies, and The Lunar Chronicles

Bite-Sized Reviews of Song for a Whale, A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean, The Color of Lies, and The Lunar Chronicles

I’ve got four reviews for you today: two Middle Grades, a YA, and a YA series . I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This is one of those books that takes you into the heart and mind of a character whose experiences you might not be able to completely relate to—and you come out all the richer for it in the end. The story focuses on Iris, a […]

Posted March 6, 2019 in Reviews / 18 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Lying Woods, What If It’s Us, Between Shades of Gray and The Hotel Between

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Lying Woods, What If It’s Us, Between Shades of Gray and The Hotel Between

I’ve got four reviews for you today, a YA mystery, a YA contemporary, a YA historical fiction and a MG fantasy. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I always think I don’t really like mysteries, but then I read a book like this and it blows me away and I just want MORE! I have no idea how to review this book without giving things away, so I’m actually not going […]

Posted November 20, 2018 in Reviews / 34 Comments
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: Review & Giveaway

Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco: Review & Giveaway

This second installment in the series is just as creepy as Stalking Jack the Ripper. These books could probably be read as standalones since each one contains its own complete story, but of course, you’ll understand a lot more of the context if you’ve read the first book too. What Fed My Addiction: Audrey’s demons. Audrey isn’t nearly as sure of herself as she was in the last book. She’s haunted by memories of what happened […]

Posted September 21, 2017 in Giveaways (Ended), Reviews / 26 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of The Names They Gave Us, The Crown’s Fate, Tell Me Three Things and We Were Liars

Bite-Sized Reviews of The Names They Gave Us, The Crown’s Fate, Tell Me Three Things and We Were Liars

Today I’ve got bite-sized reviews of a few of my recent reads. This was a great batch of books, so I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! This book gave me all the feels and it was just what I needed right now. I’ve heard amazing things about Emery Lord, but I’ve never read her, and I have to confess that I was hesitant about this book because of the […]

Posted May 30, 2017 in Reviews / 24 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

Bite-Sized Reviews of Waking in Time, Redux, Confessions of a High School Disaster, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies

I’ve gotten a lot of new books for review lately, and I’ve decided to do bite-sized reviews of some of them, so I don’t have to post every single day of the week for forever. Hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! I’m a huge fan of time-travel stories, so when the author offered this one up for review (at an event I attended) I had to snatch it up! I’m […]

Posted March 22, 2017 in Reviews / 19 Comments
Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

Bite Sized Reviews of the Miso Cozy Series by S.J. Pajonas (& Pajonas’s Top Ten Addictions)

The Miso Cozy Series is a mystery series set in Japan. We were introduced to our intrepid daydreamer detective Mei in the first book in the series, which I’ve already reviewed (click the link to see it), so I was eager to read the next few books to see how poor Mei fared after all the tragedy that struck at the end of book 1. I read books 2, 2.5, and 3 and wanted to give my […]

Posted March 14, 2017 in Author Top Ten Lists, Reviews / 6 Comments
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Review for the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour

Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Review for the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour

Gilt Hollow feels more like a YA romance with a bit of mystery thrown in than like a true mystery, which suited me just fine. (In fact, that’s the way I prefer my mysteries since the romance element typically holds my attention more than the actual mystery does.) I cared a lot more about Willow and Ashton’s personal journeys than I did about who specifically killed their friend. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely plenty of clues to […]

Posted October 3, 2016 in Reviews / 3 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews: Metaltown and Stalking Jack the Ripper

Bite-Sized Reviews: Metaltown and Stalking Jack the Ripper

There are so many late-September releases that I’m resorting to bite-sized reviews for some of them. Hopefully these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Metaltown by Kristen Simmons Published by Tor Teen on 9/20/16 Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian Pages: 380 Source: BEA My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence) My rating: Metaltown, where factories rule, food is scarce, and hope is in short supply. The rules of Metaltown are simple: Work hard, keep your […]

Posted September 28, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross – Review, Giveaway & Cross’s Top Ten Addictions

Chasing Truth by Julie Cross – Review, Giveaway & Cross’s Top Ten Addictions

Chasing Truth is a YA mystery filled with super spies, intrigue, romance and a touch of teen angst. The combination makes for a fabulous read! The book follows Ellie, a teenage girl who has left her con artist family and is now living with her sister, Harper and Harper’s secret service boyfriend. Ellie’s left her grifter life behind, but when her best friend Simon commits suicide, she can’t let things go. She needs to figure out […]